Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation

Planning for 2021 WWFOR Fall Retreat underway!

Saturday, November 13

Bridging Our Differences.

Civility First ….

So We Can Work Together

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Online Saturday July 17, 2021 on Zoom
This free Depolarizing Within Workshop was designed to foster skills to lessen the effects of polarization when encountered inr political conversations. Note that by “polarization,” we are not referring to healthy disagreements over issues or philosophy. We are talking about how we regard and talk about large groups of ordinary people on the other side of the political aisle. Click here to read a report about this workshop

2021 Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship

Applications Close July 1, 2021

Rolling Admission- Apply Early

Initial Intensive Core Training: July 23-25 and August 6-8, 2021 plus individual and small group work during the summer

WWFOR Fall Retreat 2020

A Long-term Training Program for Youth in Nonviolent Action Organizing

The WWFOR runs the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF), a year-long Fellowship in Nonviolent Action Organizing that includes: 1) a Fellowship Grant, 2) a long-term training program that includes an initial online core training and ongoing elective workshops; and 3) ongoing support for youth organizers, ages 14-23, to work on a social change project of their choice.

Fellows learn about peace and justice issues, nonviolent campaign building, and gain skills such as public speaking, group leadership, digital organizing, media development, conducting surveys, public relations, outreach, and lobbying. The Fellows meet individual activists, visit organizations, are introduced to current hot issues, and are mentored by experienced activists, public figures, and community organizers from the Seattle area and beyond. Applicants are accepted from all over the country and are especially encouraged to apply from Washington State. Housing and other assistance can be provided during the training intensive for those not living in the Seattle area.

Working for Racial Justice

Fellowship of Reconciliation has a long history of working for racial justice. Many civil rights activists were (or still are) members of FOR including Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr., and James Lawson. Locally we have worked for police accountability, economic justice, health care for all, and resolved to be anti-racism activists.
We are happy to see a racial justice awakening, especially among white people who have been in denial. We have never been in a “post-racial” society. We are grateful to the Black Lives Matter activists who are leading the way to a more just country. Let’s acknowledge our country’s shameful past and work to make a difference here and now! Several members of WWFOR’s Regional Council (our decision making body) have gotten together to work on racial justice; this group has compiled some useful resources. Click below for resources.
Resources for Racial Justice

Seeking to replace war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, equality, peace and justice.

Since 1915, the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) has carried on programs and educational projects concerning domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience.